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How Long For Viral Load RESULTS

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Women and HIV Viral Load

Table of Contents What Is a Viral Load? How Are Viral Load Results Used? When Should You Be Tested? Women and Viral Load Areas of Future Viral Load Research What Is a Viral Load? HIV attacks immune system cells called CD4 cells. HIV enters these cells and turns them into virusfactories that produce thousands of copies of HIV. As the virus grows, itdamages or kills CD4 cells, weakening your immune system. Viral load is the...
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Confusing test results, viral load undetectable but positive on all results

Dear Dr.Bob,First of all, many thanks for everything - last 2 months have been the scariest of my life and I do not know what I would have done (something self destructive for sure) if it hadnt been for your website and another caring HIV specialist...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,1. Elite controllers in and of themselves are "highly unusual." Consequently, that you had an undetectable HIV RNA PCR viral load eight weeks after seroconversion is only unusual because you appear to be one of a very small group of... Read more »

Can I be cartain my viral load results are accurate

Dear Dr.Holodniy - Quick question...I have been very terrified that I had been infected with the HIV virus. I was involved in very risky behavior over 2 months ago. Just about 2 weeks ago I decided to get a Viral Load test to see if "for...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Two months would be long enough.MH... Read more »

Viral Load Results

Please explain in laymen's terms the HCV RNA test numbers, i.e. 266,000 IU/mL and 5.425 log10 IU/mL ...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
You have "viremia" - virus in your blood. This means that you have active infection with HCV. However, it does not tell you how much disease you have in your liver. That can depend on a lot of factors, including how long you have had the... Read more »

Does antibiotic or an infection alter CD4 and viral load results?

Dear Dr. Mark HolodniyI have been positive since an year and am not on medications. My CD4 values over one year has evolved as 474(23%),477(24%),575(25.5%) and 495(21%). Respective viral load values have been 794,5500,1500,3600. CD8 has been sort of...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Antibiotics will not affect the result. An acute infection can affect the CD4 count. Given the prior consistent numbers, it is likely that on repeat your numbers will be back to baseline.... Read more »
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Help me make sense of these results if you can - low viral load

Posted by Souledout, 5 Replies
Hi, I tested positive on 18th september. Massive shock all round and then the usual route of worry, stress and then acceptance. Great support from my friends and partner which has helped a great deal.

My doctor thinks my infection was in the last 3... Read more »

CD4 668 - Viral Load 227567 ? about viral load

Posted by Courtkidx, 1 Reply
I just got these results via phone and im just curious if anyone can tell me if I should be worried about my semi high viral load? I know my cd4 count is good. I am newly diagnosed as of dec. 30, 2009. Any info would be appreciated. Read more »

viral load blips

Posted by ang89, 3 Replies
Has any one experienced a blip in viral load after remaining undetectable for a while? I would like to hear your experiences. I have been undetectable for almost one year, and at last test my vl was at 380. I am not really worried because I know... Read more »

Worried CD4 count and viral load

Posted by New33, 4 Replies
Hi everyone,

I've never used this service so please bare with me explaining my question.

I go to the MSHC in Melbourne / Australia but felt a little rushed of late to ask some question about my results for HIV and hoping this post finds its way to... Read more »